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Senior Program Manager, Nutrition and Health
Nutrition, Agriculture and Women's Health
HKI Global Headquarters
New York, NY USA
- Presenter, CORE Group Spring 2014 Global Health Practitioner Conference, “Understanding the Essential Nutrition Actions Framework,” Silver Spring, MD
- Participant, Micronutrient Forum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Lecture, Global Nutrition Overview, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY
- Presenter, “Excerpts From A Dream Career: Traveling the World, Feeding the Hungry, Shaping the Future.” Harvard Club in Concord, Lincoln, MA
- Presenter, CORE Group 2013 Spring Meeting, Baltimore, MD
- Panelist, International Union of Nutritional Science (IUNS) 20th International Congress of Nutrition, “MIYCN: Current Headlines in Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (SPRING Project),” Granada, Spain
- Presenter, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Science Forum 2013- “The Critical Link: Agriculture, Nutrition and Health,” Bonn, Germany
- Workshop Leader, Qualitative Research Methods workshop HKI’s Asia-Pacific Region staff
- Presenter, Core Group 2012 Fall Meeting, Washington, DC
- Interviewed by The Daily on the Commuity Radio Network, Sydney, Australia
- Co-Author, Using formative research to design a context-specific behaviour change strategy to improve infant and young child feeding practices and nutrition in Nepal. Maternal & Child Nutrition.
- Co-Author, Case Study 7: Diversifying diets – using agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition and health in Asia. Diversifying food and diets: Using agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition and health. J. Fanzo, D. Hunter, T. Borelli and F. Mattei. London, Routledge: 303-312.
- Co-Author, Household food insecurity and nutritional status of children aged 6 to 23 months in Kailali District of Nepal. Food & Nutrition Bulletin 31(4): 483-494.
- Co-Author, High gestational weight gain does not improve birth weight in a cohort of African American adolescents. Am J Clin Nutr 84(1): 183-189.
- Co-Author, Interventions to improve diet and weight gain among pregnant adolescents and recommendations for future research. J Am Diet Assoc 106(11): 1825-1840.
- Author, Forgotten Children of the Sahel, Huffington Post
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- Doctor, Public Health (DrPH), Johns Hopkins University
- Master’s Degree, International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
- Bachelor’s Degree, Harvard University
- Co-Chair, Nutrition Working Group, CORE Group, Washington, DC
CORE Group is a collective of public health professionals that convenes to share skills and knowledge in an effort to enhance community-focused health practices worldwide.
Jennifer's BioJennifer Nielsen, PhD, has served as Helen Keller International’s Senior Program Manager for Nutrition and Health since 2006, providing technical guidance on maternal and child public health strategies to all 22 country programs. These programs are informed by the Essential Nutrition Actions framework and encompass micronutrient supplementation, homestead food production, behavior change communications, community-based management of acute malnutrition, hygiene and sanitation, and maternal and child preventive health. She has over 20 years of experience in international development, much of that time working in sub-Saharan Africa or on projects being implemented in that region. Before joining HKI she served overseas for 10 years as a Project Development Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development. She earned her doctorate in public health and a master’s degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University, and her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
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Photography courtesy of Jarreau Cross.